I grew up in Teutopolis, IL and I graduated from SIUE. I have been teaching at St. Mary’s for 14 years (17 total years teaching art). I came from a long line of educators. My mom would say it’s in my blood! This may be partly true but I know that it is much more than that. Teaching children to recognize and appreciate beauty through art is so rewarding. Giving students the opportunity to express themselves in a way no other subject can is another reason I love teaching art!